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Cadbury's Bournville Factory

oldMohawk

master brummie
Two aerial views of Cadbury's
A view dated 1920. Cadbury's tall chimneys were pumping out much smoke over Bournville that day.
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A view dated 1928. The building has changed and the Cadbury's names have been removed.
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Grea

master brummie
Superb pictures in post 437, although I have a great many Amberley Publications this is obviously one I missed. The map in post 431 shows what an extensive railway system it was around Cadburys, but where was Bournville shed? Was it a MR/LMS shed or was it Cadburys with the LMS allowed to use it? Strangely enough it was all mentioned on Tuesday night in Julia Bradbury's Canal Works Programme on BBC 4, although she was concentrating on the canal (Birmingham & Worcester) element.
Bob
As kids we used to sneak into the sheds. If you walked up Maryvale road from the Pershore Road you would go over the railway bridge then immediately on the left was a pathway along the tracks to the shed. This was a British railways shed.
 

mikejee

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Old Mowhawk
Are you sure that they are the same buildings? There seem to be a lot of differences in the surrounding buildings, though the pon in front looks very similar
 

Vivienne14

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I thought that at first Mike but on closer inspection I think they are the same view. The 3 storey building with bridge link in the second photo must have been built in front of those buildings in the first photo. I notice a railway track runs into the new building in the second photo (and possibly into the older building behind it ?). Viv.

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oldMohawk

master brummie
Old Mowhawk
Are you sure that they are the same buildings? There seem to be a lot of differences in the surrounding buildings, though the pon in front looks very similar
Yes Mike I am sure the views are the same. I had cropped and sharpened the originals to highlight the railway area. Shown below are the full views and one point of reference is the sports field as marked but obscured by smoke in the 1920 view. Cadbury's must have completely rebuilt the building by 1928.
1920 Full View ... the field is there behind the smoke.
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1928 Full View
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mikejee

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Wouldn't do you any harm though, just tasteless. I once tasted a unit of milk tray that had been in the back of a west country shop for about 20 years or more. It was a creme of some sort, but was just like eating sweet hard stiff cardboard
 

mikejee

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When Bournville was first built in the 1870s , the factory was , by later standards, small. Beside it were a number of houses to house senior staff, as seen in the map c 1884
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However the factory soon expanded considerably, as seen in the map c 1905.

Bournville map c1905.jpg

The houses must have been very convenient for the works, but when Cadburys, in their bid to help the community, decided to build the large dining and concert hall block that was later to be in the background of many shots of the factory (below) they had to go, though only built about 40 years before. Here is the order for demolition of the houses in December 1913, which demands reclamation of all materials that were reclaimable, though completion of the project was probably postponed somewhat due to WW1, as the map c 1916 shows the cottages have been demolished, but there appears to be nothing yet on the site.
demolition for dining hall A.jpgBournville map c1916.jpg

However, by 1937 the dining Hall is up and working, continuing till it's recent gutting. as shown in the photos below.

Bournville map c1937.jpg

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Astoness

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what fascinating history on cadburys mike...i find the please demolish not please supply unusual...thanks

lyn
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
I wonder what the occupants of those houses felt about their homes being demolished and how they were treated by the company.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I believe, Eric, that the occupants may well have been allocated some of the newer 'Cadbury' houses, I was always under the impression that they were good employers. Not sure about subsequent owners however.
The line of Midland Red single deck buses suggest an outing. Bournville, being within the city, would mean BCT territory as far as local bus services were concerned however there is the possibility that they took workers to points outside the city boundary.
 

mikejee

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Alan
All the houses at Bournville are under the control of the Bournville Village Trust away from the influence of the obscene Mondelez (literally obscene as the name means something in Russian slang, as the company were told before the use of the name ). George was very careful to ensure his legacy would remain free from the control of others who might destroy it. When Schweppes merged with Cadbury, the practical (I would say useful) side of the joint company was mostly from Cadbury, while the financial (dubious?) side was largely from Schweppes. The "financial wizards" (mountebanks ) from Schweppes were very excited at the thought of building on George's cricket ground in front of the factory, but rather upset, having, as these people do, gone for hopes rather than facts, to find that George had very carfully placed the ground under the ownership of the Trust
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Yes, I knew much of the Bournville estate was Cadbury built and 'owned'. I went to college there for a while and a resident worked for my father. It is a lovely, generally unspoilt area and when I travelled north by train I could see much I that I recognized was still there. I used the sports facilities and baths there and am very pleased that much is still in use.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Yes, I knew much of the Bournville estate was Cadbury built and 'owned'. I went to college there for a while and a resident worked for my father. It is a lovely, generally unspoilt area and when I travelled north by train I could see much I that I recognized was still there. I used the sports facilities and baths there and am very pleased that much is still in use.
My Aunt and her husband and son Peter who is a BHF member lived there and were always very happy, even though there seemed to be quite strong rules about living in the houses and was there not something about four fruit trees in every garden, or perhaps as it was Cadburys, three fruit and one nut...chocolate will be supplied.

Bob
 

Pomgolian

Kiwi Brummie Admin' Team
Hi everyone as I've said before I'm only able to pop in from time to time now ... thought this photo may be of interest you all . It's of Children from The Erdington cottage Home /Shenley Fields with a large chocolate egg given to them from Cadbury's. My friend Mary is the girl closest to it on the left looking longingly at it.
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